Borough of Trappe, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Trappe as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Construction codes — See Ch. 135.
Municipal facilities and services — See Ch. 212.
Sewers and sewage disposal — See Ch. 259
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 295.
[Adopted 6-6-1966 by Ord. No. 141 (Part 11, Ch. 2, Art. A, of the 1987 Code)]
Any person, firm or corporation desiring to be supplied with water from the Borough shall make application to the Borough Clerk or the Superintendent of the Water Works according to the form prescribed by Council. The Superintendent of the Water Works shall determine the size of the service pipes and meter. The lateral from the water main to the property line shall be laid at the expense of the Borough and owned and maintained by the Borough; the lateral from the property line to the premises connected or to be connected shall be laid, owned and maintained by the party or parties desiring the connection. All service pipes to be installed by the applicant must be at least 3/4 inch inside diameter, copper underground tubing, Mueller type K or equal, and must be laid in a trench at least 42 inches deep in order to guard against freezing. By signing the application, the applicant agrees to be bound by this chapter and save the Borough harmless from any damages that may arise by reason of the work as originally done or thereafter maintained and agrees to pay for all injury or damage to meters arising from his neglect or carelessness.
[Added 1-14-1992 by Ord. No. 276]
Any property that has access to public water (water service is less than 150 feet from the building improvement or is located less than 150 feet from any subdivision public improvements) shall not be permitted to install a water well for the purpose of drawing water from the aquifer located beneath the property.
Every applicant shall install two stop cocks immediately inside the foundation wall of the premises on each side of the meter for the protection of the premises from injury or damage by leaks or bursting of pipes, and the Borough shall furnish all water meters, and the consumer shall provide a readily accessible location for the installation of such meter, so they may be easily examined and read. All leaks in service pipes and fixtures, in and upon the premises supplied beyond the curb stop, must be promptly repaired by the owner or occupant.
[Amended 5-3-1983 by Ord. No. 225; 10-6-2009 by Ord. No. 413; 4-7-2015 by Ord. No. 430]
A. 
There is hereby fixed and imposed upon the owner of each property located in Trappe Borough making any connection to the water system operated and maintained by the Collegeville-Trappe Joint Public Works Committee a connection fee equal to the actual cost of installation of water service facilities from the water main to the curb stop, including but not limited to opening the street, installing a service line and curb stop and restoring the roadway, curbing, sidewalk and any other disturbed area to PennDOT and Borough specifications.
B. 
There is hereby fixed and imposed upon the owner of each property located in Trappe Borough making any connection to the water system operated and maintained by the Collegeville-Trappe Joint Public Works Committee a customer facilities fee equal to the actual cost of installation of a water meter and backflow preventer and inspection of facilities installed by the owner.
C. 
The lateral shall not be covered until the tap on the main is made and the lateral is connected and tested.
D. 
In cases of state highways, the Collegeville-Trappe Joint Public Works Committee will, at the request of the owner, make an application for the opening of the street, the cost of the application to be at the expense of the owner.
[Amended 4-4-1978 by Ord. No. 206; 5-3-1983 by Ord. No. 225; 12-2-1986 by Ord. No. 233; 10-1-1991 by Ord. No. 274; 10-6-2009 by Ord. No. 413]
A. 
Water rates for all users, without exception, shall be charged at a rate per 1,000 gallons as shall be set by resolution of the Borough Council from time to time.[2] Borough Council, by resolution duly adopted, may in the future amend the water rates for supplying water.
[2]
Editor's Note: Current Fee Schedule is on file in the Borough offices.
B. 
There shall be a charge per year for fire hydrants installed on private property, and a charge per year for sprinkler system standby service, both of which shall be as set by resolution of the Borough Council from time to time.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Current Fee Schedule is on file in the Borough offices.
C. 
In case of a disputed account involving the question as to the accuracy of the meter, that meter will be tested upon request of the applicant. The consumer may either personally or through a representative witness the testing of the meter. The consumer may require the meter to be sealed in his presence before removal, which seal shall not be broken until the test is made in his presence if he so desires. If the meter so tested shall be found to be accurate within the limits of a 4% allowance for error, the consumer shall pay a charge in an amount as shall be set by resolution of the Borough Council from time to time[4] for meters up to two inches. If the meter is in excess of two inches, the charge shall be the actual cost of material used and labor supplied plus 10% of the total of the material and labor cost. If the meter is found to be in error, in excess of the allowance of 4%, bills will be corrected accordingly and no charge will be made for the testing.
[4]
Editor's Note: Current Fee Schedule is on file in the Borough offices.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Ord. No. 422, adopted 2-5-2013, reaffirmed § 326-5 in its entirety and stated that it will remain in full force and effect.
[Amended 10-6-2009 by Ord. No. 413]
All applications for the supply of water shall be made by the owner of the premises to be furnished, who shall guarantee the payment of the water rent; provided, however, that if the owner refuses to so guarantee, then the tenant may make the application and upon the payment of an amount as shall be set by resolution of the Borough Council from time to time[1] or a larger sum if in the judgement of the Water Works Committee it be deemed necessary, to be held as security for the payment of any water consumed.
[1]
Editor's Note: Current Fee Schedule is on file in the Borough Offices.
[Amended 4-4-1978 by Ord. No. 206; 5-3-1983 by Ord. No. 225; 10-6-2009 by Ord. No. 413; 12-1-2015 by Ord. No. 431]
All water rates shall be due and payable quarterly at the time and place designated on the bill, and when bills are not paid when due, a ten-percent penalty shall be added to such rate, and the delinquent consumer shall be given 10 days' notice to pay the rate and penalty in writing. If at the expiration of that time the rate is not paid, the Director of Public Works, or other person designated by Council, shall thereupon shut off the water supply of the delinquent consumer, and the same shall not be turned on again until the water rates of such consumer are paid in full, and in addition, there shall be a charge as shall be set by resolution of the Borough Council from time to time for turning on the water.
When any water rates or other municipal assessment remains unpaid as stated in § 326-7, the Borough Secretary and/or Superintendent of Water Works shall prepare in duplicate a statement of the same showing the character and location of the property which has received the water, the name of the owner or owners of the property and the tenant, if any, the amount of water furnished, the rate of the furnishing of the water and the charge for it.
[Amended 12-1-2015 by Ord. No. 431]
A. 
The notice referenced in § 326-7 shall have printed or written on it the following statement:
"To Owner or Owners of the above-described property: You are hereby notified that if the above-stated municipal claim now due and owing to the Borough is not paid within 10 days from service of this notice, the same will be collected according to law and in addition thereto service of water to said property may be discontinued until all rates and service charges are paid, including the charge for restoring of such service."
B. 
The notice referenced in § 326-15C shall have printed or written on it the following statement:
"To the Owner or Owners of the above-described property: You are hereby notified that if access to your premises by the Borough, through its agents, is not granted within 10 days from service of this notice, service of water to said property may be discontinued until access is granted and the charge for restoring such service is paid."
C. 
These statements shall be dated and the notice shall be signed by the Borough Secretary and/or the Director of Public Works.
[Amended 12-1-2015 by Ord. No. 431]
A. 
The notice set forth in § 326-9 shall be served upon the property being furnished with water, by posting written notice conspicuously on the main entrance of the property.
B. 
Such notice shall also be mailed to the customer liable for payment, as well as the owner or property manager of the property, if different from the customer.
In case the water rates are not paid within the time specified in the notice, then the Borough Secretary and/or Superintendent of Water Works shall deliver to the Borough Solicitor a copy of the statement and notice, and thereupon the claim shall be collected according to law, together with all costs and penalties.
Nothing contained in this article shall in any way be construed as a waiver of the right of the Borough to file a lien against a property to which water is supplied by the Borough for unpaid water rents or other charges made in connection with the supplying of water, but on the contrary, the Borough expressly reserves that right and declares the same to be a lien against the particular property to which the water services is furnished by the Borough as provided by the Acts of Assembly in such cases provided.
A. 
An application must be filed for each building connected or to be connected and each building must be supplied by independent service pipes from the supply main. In case of a double dwelling where a single service pipe supplies the double house, each side of the double house must be provided with separate meters and each domestic consumer shall be provided with a separate meter, which will enable the water department to shut off the supply of water to an offending consumer without affecting a nonoffending consumer.
B. 
In the case of a multiple dwelling having not more than four living units, a separate meter shall be provided for each living unit.
C. 
In the case of a multiple dwelling having not more than four living units, an application may be made for less than one meter for each living unit, as the owner or manager of that multiple dwelling house shall determine; provided that the minimum charge per quarter shall be an amount as set by resolution of the Borough Council from time to time.[1]
[Amended 10-6-2009 by Ord. No. 413]
[1]
Editor's Note: Current Fee Schedule is on file in the Borough offices.
D. 
A supply of water for building or other special purposes except on a lot or premises already supplied with water by meter, must be specially applied for. All applications for water for building purposes, when water is not supplied through meter at meter rates, must be signed by the owner or his duly authorized agent, and shall be interpreted to mean that the water is to be used only from a builder's hydrant, and shall not be introduced into any of the house fixtures. There shall be a charge for each quarter or part thereof at the rate applicable for the meter size that it is anticipated shall be used for the building or buildings in question as determined by the water superintendent. Meters shall be installed wherever possible and consumption of water without a meter shall be held to a minimum.
Any consumer desiring to discontinue the use of water for any reason must give written notice to the Borough Secretary or Superintendent of Water Works, whereupon the water will be shut off from those premises. No charge for water will be rebated nor any reduction made unless that notice has been given and then only in case the service has been ordered to be discontinued at least three months before the date water is desired to be shut off.
The rules and regulations relative to the introduction and management of water pipes and water supply in the Borough shall be as follows:
A. 
No owner or occupant of any building or premises will be permitted to supply water from those premises to the owner or owners of any other building or premises.
B. 
Consumers using water by meter shall not be permitted to have any hose connections, faucets or other openings between the meter and the water main and all the water used in the premises shall pass through the meter.
C. 
Any damage done to a meter through freezing or neglect must be paid by the owner of the property. The Borough, through its agents, reserves to itself the right to disconnect the service pipes and remove the meter if it shall find it necessary to do so in order to protect itself against abuse or fraud. Additionally, the Borough, through its agents, shall have free access at all reasonable hours to all parts of the property to which water is supplied in order to make necessary inspections, maintenance, repairs or replacements of any portion of the water service facilities located on said property. Should said access either not be given or be denied, the consumer or property owner shall be given notice that if said access is not granted within 10 days, the water supply of the delinquent consumer or property owner shall be shut off and the same shall not be turned on again until said access is given, and in addition, there shall be a charge as shall be set by resolution of the Borough Council from time to time for turning on the water.
[Amended 12-1-2015 by Ord. No. 431]
D. 
If the meter fails to register or is tampered with, a bill will be rendered based upon the previous average consumption.
E. 
Fire hydrants or flushing valves shall only be used for the purposed for which they were installed, unless permission for other used is granted by the Water and Sewer Committee.
F. 
As necessity may arise in case of breakdown, emergency, or for any other unavoidable cause, the Borough shall have the right to cut off the water supply temporarily, in order to make necessary repairs, connections, etc.; but the Borough will use all reasonable and practical measures to notify the customer of such discontinuance in service, lessening of the supply, inadequate pressure, poor quality of water, or for any cause beyond its control. When a supply of water is to be temporarily cut off, notice will be given, when practicable, to all customers affected by the shutting off, stating the probable duration of the interruption of service, and also the purpose for which the shutoff is made.
Any plumber wishing to do plumbing in connection with the Water Works system must give to the Water and Sewer Committee satisfactory evidence that he is an experienced workman and willing to be governed by the rules and regulations which are or may hereafter be adopted by the Council and any person desiring to do his own plumbing must first obtain permission from the Water and Sewer Committee and the work shall be done to the satisfaction of that Committee.
Any person or persons, firm, partnership or corporations violating any of the foregoing rules or regulations or the terms of this article shall forfeit all payments made by him or it, on account of the water supply, and the supply of water may be at once and without notice, shut off and the water supply shall not be restored unless the offending party shall pay an additional charge of $30 for restoration of water service, and shall further pay the sum of not less than $5 or more that $100 for each and every offense, to be recovered as debts of like amount are by law recoverable.
[Adopted 9-1-1987 by Ord. No. 245 (Part 11, Ch. 2, Art. B, of the 1987 Code)]
[Amended 12-21-1987 by Ord. No. 248; 10-5-1989 by Ord. No. 264; 5-2-1995 by Ord. No. 306; 10-6-2009 by Ord. No. 413; 4-7-2015 by Ord. No. 430]
A. 
Payment of fee required.
(1) 
Any person, firm or corporation applying for water service shall pay the following tapping fee with respect to any residential, commercial, industrial, institutional or other construction which is to be connected to the Collegeville-Trappe Joint Water System for each equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) of use (defined as 167.7 gallons per day) relating thereto:
Capacity part
$1,770
Distribution part
$1,010
Total Capital Contribution Charge or Tapping Fee
$2,780
(2) 
Said payment shall be made to the Collegeville-Trappe Joint Public Works Committee at such time as the final subdivision and development agreement is approved or a building permit is requested, whichever first occurs.
B. 
In the event of any subdivision, subsequent expansion of a commercial, industrial, residential, institutional or any other use, there shall be a payment of the aforesaid capital contribution charge in proportion to the number of EDUs subdivided or to be developed. This capital contribution charge shall include conversions of single-family homes into two-family homes, for each additional EDU or fraction thereof. In case of a commercial, industrial, institutional or other nonresidential use or subsequent expansion thereof, the initial EDUs will be estimated based on information provided by the commercial, industrial, or institutional user and as accepted by the Collegeville-Trappe Joint Water System, a review shall be made of such commercial, industrial, institutional or other nonresidential user and its water usage, and the current EDU equivalent shall be so determined by actual use. Should the EDU calculation per the actual use be greater than the anticipated EDU use paid at the time that the owner or developer paid the EDU the capital contribution as herein provided, then the commercial, industrial, institutional, or other nonresidential user shall pay the Borough the additional capital contribution charge for the actual EDU use. Such payment will be made within 30 days of the date of the notice from the Collegeville-Trappe Joint Water System to the user. If the payment is not made, the Collegeville-Trappe Joint Water System may turn off the water supply to the property owner until such payment is received. In the event that the actual water use is less than the estimated EDU calculation, no reimbursement shall be made.